Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Lotus 16

On 27 August I showed a photograph of a Lotus 12, the first single-seater racing car built by Colin Chapman. In the same race at that August 1996 Oulton Park VSCC meeting was a car which was the successor of the Lotus 12, the Lotus 16, shown here being driven by Philip Walker at Lodge Corner.
It was an improved version of the Lotus 12 with the bodywork designed by Frank Costin who also designed the Vanwall, to which it bears a passing resemblance. Like the Lotus 12 though it didn't have much success, being dogged by unreliability problems.

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